Online for summer 2021

StoryStudio is proud to offer multiple week-long writing workshops for young scribes across the nation. That’s right, now that we’re online, you can join us from anywhere. With our talented instructors, young writers can expect to learn elements of writing, build friendships and community with fellow peers, and get feedback on their creative works. Check out our different sessions here, ranging from 5th grade to 12th grade, a special session for our genre writers, and a new fourth camp for generative writing.

SCHOLARSHIP SPOTS are available for every camp. Please contact us for information on how to get a scholarship spot for your young writer.

7th-11th Grade: SCI-FI/FANTASY CAMP

July 12 – 16 / 10am – 12pm Central
Instructor Zac Ginsburg returns for this genre-specific camp for writers who are looking to build their own worlds.

Do you want to create your own magical world similar to The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter? Does the futuristic technology in Ender’s Game inspire you to write your own sci-fi novel? If so, this creative writing summer camp is for you!

Over the course of one week, students will generate their own science fiction and fantasy pieces and workshop them with the help of their peers. They will learn the differences between the genres and read the works of notable authors. Our adventure will culminate in a party where students will have the opportunity to read their works aloud.

Authors the course will reference may include: Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heilein, Arthur C. Clarke, Malka Older, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Christopher Paolini, J. K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and George R. R. Martin.

Structure of the course:

  • Mentor Readings: Students will read a piece of published creative work and discuss it each day as craft discussion.
  • Writing: Writing prompts will spark imagination, help break through blocks, and encourage new heights of creativity. Each day, Zac will have students send their work to him and he will read, make comments, and return the work with feedback the following day.
  • Workshopping: You will share work and give feedback on what’s working well and what opportunities we can find in each piece (whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or theater). We’ll talk about where we can extend scenes and dialogue to push the narrative, how word choice can affect the piece as a whole, how to spice up language and how writers can find—and trust—their own amazing original voice.
  • Showcase: Campers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform their written work via Zoom. A link can be shared with friends and family members from around the globe; anyone who wants to tune in is welcome.

Daily Timeline & Breakdowns

  • 10am: 35 minutes – Writing Exercises
    • 7 minute break
  • 10:45am: 35 minutes – Reading and Discussing Craft
    • 7 minute break
  • 11:30am: 35 minutes – Working on Longer Pieces
  • 12:00pm: END

Our Zoom accounts at StoryStudio are protected and easy to use. Invite links will be sent and recurring meetings can be accessed every morning. No prior experience with Zoom is necessary, as the platform is free, and easy to use. 


Youth Creative Writing class